Celebrating Passover During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Passover 2020 is from sundown on April 8, 2020, to sundown on Thursday, April 16, 2020.  The observation of Passover under quarantine will cause many of us to find alternative ways to celebrate.   Most families are turning to social media and technology to continue the celebration. Some Jewish communities have launched online sites to host podcasts, virtual celebrations, live stream lessons during the Passover observation, and instructions on how to prepare fresh soft matzo at home. Video conferencing makes it easier to see the faces of our loved ones while we partake in a virtual Passover celebration.  

The traditional Seder plate or even the preparation of unleavened food may be difficult to prepare with the supermarkets receiving limited or delayed shipments.  Additionally, some of us are concerned with carrying out the traditions of family gathering for Passover Seder dinners. The idea is to continue with making connections at the Passover table even if space separates us.  There is a rich story behind the Passover that should continue to be shared and celebrated.  

The Seder meal is a meal to commemorate the freedom of the ancient Jews from the bondage of slavery.  During the meal, the story of the exodus from Egypt is recited from the Haggadah and various rituals are performed with food that has significant meaning to the exodus story.   For example, vegetables are dipped in saltwater to represent tears shed during times of slavery, and bitter herbs are symbolic of the bitter years of bondage.  During this celebration, the children will have to recite their questions in the privacy of their homes and over video conference calls.  The hunt for the afikomen, or piece of matzo, will have to be conducted in small groups and within social distancing guidelines. 

What is interesting about the time of COVID-19 is that this pandemic is similar to a plague over Egypt in which the people waited for the plague to pass over the land. Some of us have drawn parallels between the current pandemic with the series of plagues that passed through Egypt.

Perhaps now, more so than ever, the Seder table and celebration of the Passover have profound meaning in our lives.

Written by Jennifer Nolen

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